Community Involvement


Lab-In-A-Box Program

MCLinc appreciated the opportunity to share our support of the Lab-in-a-Box program at the annual ETEBA holiday dinner on December 5, 2019.

Lab-in-a-Box is the signature outreach effort of the Rural Communities STEM Initiative (RCSI). Many rural school districts do not have the resources to provide students with robust, hands-on experiences in science classes. To address this need, Roane State Community College (RSCC) has created Lab-In-A-Box kits that provide materials and lesson plans to rural school districts.  Various box kits are provided with emphasis on Robotics, Fossils, Friction, Chemistry, etc., and lesson plans are aligned with state standards.

MCLinc has supported this program since its inception in 2010.  Lab-in-a-Box resources have inspired students to learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using hands-on lessons that are popular and memorable. Students taught with Lab-in-a-Box resources have scored higher on STEM subject standardized tests than students without access to Lab-in-a-Box.

We salute Roane State’s Dr. Sylvia Porter for her ongoing program leadership, and we thank ETEBA for their pledge to support this program on an annual basis!  All tax-deductible donations are made through the Roane State Foundation.  Additional contact information is available here: Lab in a Box // Giving Levels

Preserving Our Community’s Past, Investing in its Future

As a small business in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Materials and Chemistry Laboratory, Inc (MCLinc) has a longstanding commitment to community and educational programs. MCLinc continues to support The Street Painting Festival, a fundraiser organized and hosted by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge. All profits fund student scholarships at Roane State Community College. MCLinc donated $10,000 to the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation and an additional $10,000 to the Roane State Foundation.

Moreover, MCLinc contributes financial resources, time, and energy to support the mission, values, and programs of local youth organizations including Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Altrus a International Inc. of Oak Ridge / Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club Annual Literacy Fundraiser, East Tennessee Middle School Science Bowl, Girls Inc., Boy Scouts of America, and The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Contributions help these organizations continue to improve the lives of young men and women in the community.

Mr. Barry Stephenson, President/CEO of MCLinc, serves on the Board of Directors for the Roane State Foundation, which strives to make higher education accessible to Roane, Anderson, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, Campbell, Scott, Fentress, and Morgan Counties.
MCLinc’s active involvement in local associations and organizations, including The Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association (ETEBA), East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC), Chambers of Commerce, Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC), etc. contributes to the sustainable growth, fiscal stimulation, and economic development of the Oak Ridge area.


MCLinc was honored as the 2010 recipient of the Innovation Valley Technology Council Presents Annual Navigator “Community Spirit of the Year” Award. MCLinc received this award as an exemplary corporate citizen for its participation in support of community activities. As a business in the Oak Ridge community, MCLinc employees believe they have a responsibility to support the Oak Ridge area community and schools, and hope that their contribution will encourage other organizations to support the community.